The balls have started rolling for the metro rail project in Patna with the State Government mooting for Detailed Project Report (DPR) from RITES. Even though the reality of metro rail running is Patna is few years away, still the initiatives have rekindled the hopes of Patnaites for congested free travelling in Patna in the coming years. The metro once completed will give relief to an estimated 20 Lakh people of the city.
The three routes through which the metro rail will pass in the initial phase are :
- Route 1 : Patna Junction to Digha Station via R Block
- Route 2 : Dak Bunglow Chauraha to Saguna More
- Route 3 : Danapur to Gaighat via Ashok Rajpath. To be extended till Kumhrar
Patna Metro rail will run both underground and above the ground. The government has released the sum for preparing DPR to RITES. It will submit report in six months. If all went fine, Patnaites can witness the construction worth in the next year. The expected cost per kilometer is Rs 225 Crore. Route 2 will cover 12.5 km distance. It will be undertaken in Public-Private partnership (PPP) mode. Request For Proposal (RFP) has already been prepared as well as Feasibility Report. The Central government will provide sum of Rs 1600 Crore as Viability Gap fund. The State Government will provide equal amount. The rest is to be covered by the Constructing agency. The total estimated cost in around Rs 8000 Crore.
As of now, metro rail is running in Delhi and Kolkata. The other cities which have got approval for metro rail are Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangaluru, Chennai, Kocchi and Jaipur. Patna metro rail is expected to be on lines of Delhi metro.